Halloween in NYC... What does someone like me do to celebrate ? Well ... Of course with the New Jersey DEVILS playing on this fine day at home I guess the cosmic signs were telling me to go so when I woke up I decided I would go . No I didn't have a ticket yet but this is Dazza's team and he already has posh seats so I found out where he was sitting and tried finding the cheapest possible seats in his section which was section 6 and I found 3 seats which I could purchase 1 and they totalled $63 USD each which is great ! We all met up in lobby and headed out for breakfast and I didn't buy them yet ... We met up with a few other lads and Chris & Les Hogarth said they wanted to come too , so I booked all 3 on my card and off we went . Only minor problem was having to find somewhere to print tickets but we fixed that up soon enough .
It was great sitting with these guys , we grabbed pizza and pops to start which were awesome then had ice cream for 3rd period and bought 50/50 draw tickets which quickly prompted making plans on how to spend our winnings ... Something about spending an extra night in Manhattan and partying with Cypress Hill lol ! Ok that was my idea hahaha :) oh yeah the game was good too , forget where I was man . Devils played the Islanders who we saw twice on this trip , unfortunately Tavares was hurt and not playing and the Devils pulled out a big home win over their rivals in a shootout which was great to see , definitely got our money's worth here !
After the game we headed back into NYC as we were now in a whole different state ...and no it's not that far hahaha ! About half hour train into Penn Station . Which is where we headed to meet everyone at the Flying Puck , unfortunately children are not permitted in bars so we left :( I had to do a quick shopping trip over to the Puma Store where I bought some new kicks . I was with Daz & Sarah , thanks for letting me tag along ... We had these city passes which we didn't feel like we got our money's worth so instead of going to the Halloween parade we went first to the 911 museum which had no lineups and we walked straight in ...
This is where things got serious . It was quiet in there and the images were very powerful . I was in tears :( this place is full of sorrow and being in the same spot where so many people lost their lives is always an eerie feeling . I broke down hearing recorded messages from people that eventually died trying to contact their loved ones . It was hard man really hard . I tried to fight away the tears but I'm sure it was evident that I was feeling the pain , I'm actually welling up as I write this . This was powerful , the museum is amazing ... Just know that if you go there are tissues everywhere and it's not bad to feel how I felt .
We were all hungry and were now heading for a night view from the top of the Empire State Building so we stopped at Heartland Brewery where I did not drink any beer ... Yeah wasn't really feeling it . Actually I was glad earlier on being with the Hogarths as they are not drinkers . Just can't drink like I used too , guess I'm finally growing up a bit ? Probably not lol ! Regardless I didn't drink on Halloween . But I did have a great steak sandwich and got Sarah and Daz to try deep fried pickles YUM !
There was no lineup to get into the Empire State Building either which really tells me that going site seeing on holidays like this is really amazing :) when we got to the top there was a guy playing some smooth jazz on his trumpet and it was really nice and relaxing unlike the last time we came up when it was rammed and insane . Got some great pics of the city with a nice clouded moon in the background which ended a Halloween where I got to see Devils play hockey , hung out with the ghosts of 911 , and got close to a clouded over moon ... No I didn't turn into a werewolf but I definitely had to get back to Westbury to pack my bags as my flight is early :(
On the train we bumped into the Brown sisters that played on the Island Monkeys team , they went to the parade which most of the group went to . Sounded like it was ok so I was kinda happy I opted for the options we took . When I got to the hotel I said my good byes and packed my bags and crashed ... It was a great Halloween in NYC !